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Personnel & Training Division
Recruitment and Employment Opportunities

Full-Time Portsmouth Police Officer Recruitment

  Upcoming Testing Dates  /  Minimum Qualifications
Application Process  /  Physical Agility Test  /  Additional Phases of the Selection Process
Salary/Benefits  /  Summary of Duties-Responsibilities /
Contact Us


Mission Statement

The mission of the Portsmouth Police Department is to prevent crime, preserve order, and protect the rights and lives of all people. We will work in partnership with our Community to identify and effectively respond to the diverse, ever-changing social and neighborhood problems and needs. We will do this with respect, fairness and compassion.
Upcoming Testing Dates

"The Portsmouth Police Department participates in a regional testing process through Great Bay Community College. Participation in this test will place the applicant on the eligibility list of approximately 45 southern New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine law enforcement agencies. Click here for testing dates and information on how to register.

 

Minimum Qualifications


Education / Experience:

  1. Must be a US citizen
  2. Applicant must be 21 years of age prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment
  3. High School diploma or GED equivalent is required
  4. Military experience or post-secondary schooling is strongly recommended
  5. Must have no criminal record
  6. Must possess a valid driver's license

Application Process


The Portsmouth Police Department is currently accepting applications for full-time Police Officer position(s).  Candidates must pass a physical agility test, assessment center, psychological exam, polygraph exam and medical physical, as well as an extensive background investigation.  Please send a cover letter and resume to: Portsmouth Police Department, Personnel & Training, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH  03801, Attn: Terry Barrett.   If you have any questions please contact Ms. Nichols at (603) 610-7428 or at barrettt@cityofportsmouth.com.


**The Portsmouth Police Department participates in a regional testing process through Great Bay Community College. Participation in this test will place the applicant on the eligibility list of approximately 45 southern New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine law enforcement agencies. 
The Portsmouth Police Department DOES NOT issue applications for employment.  It is NOT A REQUIREMENT of the Portsmouth Police Department for a full-time certified police officer to take the Great Bay Community College Police Entrance Exam.


All other applicants who are interested in being employed by the Portsmouth Police Department MUST TAKE THIS EXAM.

Get my Entry Level Police Testing Application
For additional information please contact Lt. Michael Maloney at 603-610-7546 or via e-mail at MMaloney@cityofportsmouth.com

Physical Agility Test

Physical Agility Test

 

Age

Males:

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

Single Bench Press *

.96

.86

.78

.70

Sit-ups (1 min.)

37

33

28

22

Push-ups

27

21

16

11

1 1/2 mile run

12:53 min.

13:24 min.

14:07 min.

15:20 min.

 

 

Age

Females:

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

Single Bench Press *

.58

.52

.48

.43

Sit-ups (1 min.)

31

24

19

12

Push-ups
OR
Modified Push-ups

14

22

10

17

8

11

N/A

10

1 1/2 mile run

15:14 min.

15:58 min.

16:46 min.

18:37 min.

Swim Test**

* The weight that a candidate is required to bench press is computed as follows: Candidate's body weight multiplied by the decimal found in the applicable age column.

**The swim test measures the ability of an individual to swim a distance of one hundred (100) meters and then tread water/remain afloat for five (5) minutes.  Any swimming style may be used.  There will be no time limit on the distance swim.  This test is not required by NH Police Standards  and Training Council, but is a requirement of the Portsmouth Police Department.

 

Additional Phases of the Selection Process

Those applicants who are chosen from the written exam eligibility list by the Portsmouth Police Department will be invited, along with the full-time certified applicants, to participate in the Portsmouth Police Department's physical agility test.  Those applicants who successfully complete this phase of the hiring process will be further invited to attend the Portsmouth Police Department's Assessment Center Evaluation process.

From this point, all applicants are evaluated, scored and placed on a final eligibility list.  A background investigation of listed applicants will commence shortly afterwards depending on the number of officers the Portsmouth Police Department is hiring at the time.  An applicant who is chosen to have a background investigation completed, will be extended a conditional offer of employment.

An applicant who successfully completes the background portion of the hiring process will then move on to a polygraph examination, followed by a psychological evaluation and medical exam. It is required that the applicant successfully complete each portion listed above.  The final step of the hiring process will be a required interview conducted by the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police of the Portsmouth Police Department.

All non-certified police officer applicants who are selected for full-time employment by the Portsmouth Police Department will be required to attend the next available Police Academy Recruitment Class to be held in Concord NH at the New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Council.

Salary / Benefits

The starting salary of an entry level police officer with the Portsmouth Police Department is $43,729.90 and ranges to $60,648.06 for Master Patrol III

Benefits for full-time sworn police officers include the following:

- Life Insurance
- Health Insurance
- Prescription Drug Plan
- Dental Insurance
- New Hampshire Retirement System
- Annual Vacation
- Sick Leave
- Funeral Leave
- Personal Days
- Deferred Compensation Plans
- Employee Assistance Plan
- Police Relief Association
- In-House Fitness Room
- Educational Assistance

The Portsmouth Police Department offers full-time sworn officers the ability to apply for a variety of special assignments including the Bike Patrol, Crime Stoppers, Crisis Negotiation Team, Detectives, Seacoast Emergency Response Team, Honor Guard, Police K-9, Motorcycle Patrol, Narcotics Unit, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Firearms Armorer, Defensive Tactics/ASP/OC/Taser Instructor, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Breath-test Operator and Child Passenger Safety-Seat Inspector.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs patrolling duties in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or on foot in an assigned area
  • Answers calls for service
  • Investigates traffic accidents and criminal offenses
  • Makes arrests, issues citations and warnings
  • Interacts with the community
  • Identification of community problem areas with expected problem solutions
  • Processes and transports prisoners
  • Gathers information and writes investigative and other reports

Contact Us

Portsmouth Police Department
Personnel & Training Division
3 Junkins Ave.
Portsmouth NH, 03801
Phone: (603) 610-7428
Fax:     (603)-610-7600
e-mail: barrettt@cityofportsmouth.com

 

THE PORTSMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS TO PROVIDE AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY TO ALL PEOPLE WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN OR DISABILITY AND TO ENSURE THIS PRACTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION IS APPLIED TO EVERY ASPECT OF ITS BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

 

 
 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500